Join the New England Historic Genealogical Society, MyHeritage, and Myself for a Family History Day in Amherst, Massachusetts on August 2nd

I am delighted to announce that two of my favorite organizations, the New England Historic Genealogical Society and MyHeritage, are cooperating to produce an intensive one-day genealogy workshop on August 2nd. The goal is to introduce attendees to the best practices in genealogy. Attendees from all over New England and the Middle Atlantic states are expected to attend this conference held on the University of Massachusetts campus in scenic Amherst, Massachusetts.

I will also be at the workshop and hope to meet newsletter readers.

If you would like to attend this workshop, I suggest you register NOW. The Early Bird (Discounted) Registration ends this Friday, July 18. The discount is significant: 50%! The price increases from $40 to $80 after Friday. Details are in the conference brochure available below.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (often abbreviated to NEHGS) is both the oldest and the largest genealogical society in America. Established in 1845, the Society originally focused solely on New England heritage but has since expanded its services to cover all of the United States. The Society now serves 65,000 constituents through its award-winning web site at

The Society’s staff of expert genealogists, historians, writers and researchers will be at this workshop. The NEHGS staff will help all attendees to discover new and essential resources, offer chats with their professional genealogists, present many discounted titles from the NEHGS bookstore for purchase, and share the latest happenings at NEHGS.

The 2014 NEHGS Family History Day is sponsored by MyHeritage, the world’s largest family history online network for building and sharing your family tree. MyHeritage staff members will be with NEHGS in Amherst all day. Workshop attendees will have an opportunity to meet the MyHeritage experts, view the online capabilities, and to explore how MyHeritage can help with building a family tree. If you haven’t yet seen the many offerings available from MyHeritage, you will want to spend some time talking with the MyHeritage folks and watching their demonstrations.

I will spend much of the day with the MyHeritage folks. I will invite you to stop by and talk with all of us.

The workshop’s Keynote Address will be offered by Ryan Woods, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NEHGS. He will speak on Transforming Family History: A New Day for and NEHGS.

Other presentations will be offered by:

Jean Maguire, Director of the NEHGS Library: Get the Most from NEHGS…from Home!

Alice Kane, NEHGS Genealogist: Essential Research Skills for Genealogy

David Lambert, NEHGS Chief Genealogist: Using DNA in Your Family History Research

Penny Stratton, NEHGS Director of Publications: Writing and Sharing Your Family History

In short, this looks like a very high-level event being offered at a modest price for the Early Bird Registration of only $40.

Perhaps the best description I have heard of this workshop came from Leah Walczak, NEHGS Director of Education and Programs and coordinator of the event for the New England Historic Genealogical Society: “Whether new to genealogy or researching for years, we encourage the public to take this opportunity to discover their family story with the family history experts.

If you have never visited the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, you are in for a treat. It is a very scenic area in Western Massachusetts, located in the heart of the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Amherst is 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. If asking for directions, be aware that the local residents pronounce “Amherst” without the h (“AM-erst”). Directions to the campus by automobile, train, bus, and airlines may be found at

You can see a thumbnail image of the conference brochure below. Click on the image to view a larger version of the entire brochure.

I hope to see you at the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Family History Day workshop on August 2nd in Amherst, Massachusetts. Please do drop by and say “Hello” to me and to the MyHeritage staff members.



Yes, they verbally steal those H’s from some words to replace all those unvocalized R’s in others.


Your mention of the local pronunciation for Amherst brought back a funny memory. Years ago I was somewhat taken aback when my son, who was a student at UMass, told me I shouldn’t pronounce the H in Amherst. Since then he’s become a full time resident and taxpayer in Amherst, so I’ve had plenty of time to practice my “corrected” pronunciation and it’s second nature.


Will definitely stop by and say hello as I’ve been enjoying your newsletters for several years now. Amherst is right up the road, so spending the day at the conference for only $40 was a no-brainer.


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